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Comment: Re:OPINOPS ?? LIKE ASSHOLES ?? YES !! (Score 2) 287

Wouldn't the HTC settlement help Apple's case? If HTC will settle patent claims with Apple, why doesn't Samsung do so on similar terms? Why does Apple have to sue Samsung when Apple is this big reasonable company that just wants to cross-license its patent portfolio at a reasonable price?

+ - US Will Be World's Top Oil Producer by 2017

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that according to a report by the International Energy Agency, the US will overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading oil producer by about 2017, will become a net oil exporter by 2030, and will become “all but self-sufficient” in meeting its energy needs in about two decades — a “dramatic reversal of the trend” in most developed countries. “The foundations of the global energy systems are shifting,” says Fatih Birol, chief economist at the Paris-based organization, which produces the annual World Energy Outlook. There are several components of the sudden shift in the world’s energy supply, but the prime mover is a resurgence of oil and gas production in the United States, particularly the unlocking of new reserves of oil and gas found in shale rock. The widespread adoption of techniques like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has made those reserves much more accessible, and in the case of natural gas, resulted in a vast glut that has sent prices plunging. The agency’s report was generally “good news” for the United States says Michael A. Levi, senior fellow for energy and environment at the Council on Foreign Relations, because it highlights the nation’s new sources of energy but Levi cautions that being self-sufficient does not mean that the country will be insulated from seesawing energy prices, since those oil prices are set by global markets. The message is more sobering for the planet, in terms of climate change. Although natural gas is frequently promoted for being relatively low in carbon emissions compared to oil or coal, the new global energy market could make it harder to prevent dangerous levels of warming (PDF). “The report confirms that, given the current policies, we will blow past every safe target for emissions,” says Levi. “This should put to rest the idea that the boom in natural gas will save us from that.”"
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+ - "Clandestine" UK Database keeps Records on 8 Million School Children->

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An anonymous reader writes "Russia Today reports: 'A newly uncovered clandestine computer network, known as the ‘One System,’ can reportedly share children’s personal details across different UK agencies, including age, sex, address and their school behavior records – all without parents ever knowing. One of Britain’s biggest government contractors has created a database containing the personal details of 8 million children, the Sunday Times revealed. The database was created by Capita – a company specializing in IT systems – and includes information on a child’s sex, age, exam results, if they have special needs, bad behavior like absenteeism and how many minutes late they are to lessons. This information can then be shared with numerous agencies, including the police, the NHS and child protection units and charities, all without parental consent. Teachers collect data on all children, not just ones deemed to be at risk. This includes recording how many minutes late they are for class. The One System is already employed by about 100 local authorities, and was created two years after Contact Point – a similar database which was set up by the then-Labour government, but scrapped by the current coalition because of security concerns. Documents obtained by the Sunday Times revealed that classroom information is gathered by teachers and submitted to the One System up to six times a day to provide a “golden thread of data” that can be accessed by anyone working with children. In an Orwellian twist, the firm hires photographers to take pictures of schoolchildren, which they then offer for sale to their parents before uploading them onto the database.'"
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Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 576

by Relayman (#41946449) Attached to: All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True
No, it's better than a guess. It's called fuzzy logic and it serves me well. It allows me to make educated guesses without having to massage a lot of data.

The main-stream media and the campaigns wanted to talk about how close the race was so that people would watch the news, click on the stories and get out and vote. If you publicize, like Nate did, that Candidate B is definitely going to win, Candidate B's supporters may skip voting and Candidate A's may make a big push to vote, reversing the prediction of the polls.

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